Apple announced iPadOS 17, a major update for the iPad that brings a redesigned Lock Screen and interactive widgets.
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iPadOS also introduces Live Activities, allowing users to stay on top of things that are happening in real-time right from the Lock Screen
At WWDC 2023, Apple announced iPadOS 17 for iPad, bringing a redesigned Lock Screen to take full advantage of the iPad’s expansive display, Live Activities that enable users to stay up to date with real-time information right from their Lock Screen, and Interactive Widgets that make it possible to take immediate action with just a tap.
Personalized Lock Screen
The Lock Screen is now more customizable than ever before. From now on, users can customize the Lock Screen to make it more personal, useful, and beautiful. Users can select a photo from their personal library, a dynamic set of photos that shuffle throughout the day, or a Live Photo for a smooth slow-motion effect whenever they wake iPad.
Additionally, users can select wallpapers from the Lock Screen gallery that complement the large canvas of the iPad, and customize the look of the date and time with expressive font styles and colors. They can also create their own designs using their favorite emojis and color combinations.
Widgets are now interactive, which makes it possible to take immediate action with just a tap. For instance, users can control smart home devices, play music, mark tasks as complete, and more directly from the Lock Screen and Home Screen. These interactive widgets seamlessly blend with the wallpaper, optimizing legibility with adaptive tinting.
Lastly, iPadOS 17 also introduces Live Activities, which enables users to stay up to date with real-time information right from their Lock Screen. Whether it’s tracking a sports game, monitoring travel plans, or keeping an eye on a food delivery order, users can conveniently access these live updates without unlocking their devices.
iPadOS 17 will be made available in the fall alongside the announcement of the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro. The first developer beta of iPadOS 17 has been released for developers and a public beta will become available in July.